Do you need to change your shampoo often?


I had thought I needed a haircut badly because it was looking out of shape but it appears what I only needed was to change my shampoo.   

Myth about shampoo
I have been using the REF 335 shampoo for quite a long time now and I decided to switch back to my Redken Body Full on a whim yesterday. Voilà!  My hair not only felt lighter, but looked a lot better with more volume and shape!  Then I remembered this myth about how the same shampoo doesn’t work well after awhile because the hair gets too used to it.  So does this mean this is true?

I think it’s probably true that we need to rotate our shampoo for best performance but the real reason is more like because the products are building up on our hair.

Conditioner build up
Actually before I tried REF 335, I was using Redken for many years without too much problems.  But I got fed up with the price hike and switched to REF 335 upon recommendation and since it worked well, I stuck to it for quite a while.  I believe the problem with REF 335 could be in the conditioning ingredients.  It’s not a 2 in 1 type of shampoo but it does contain Tamanu oil and silk proteins which could have weighed down my hair overtime as all conditioners are known to leave some amount of product on our hair although a lightweight conditioner will leave less behind.

So if you’ve been using a 2 in 1 shampoo for some time and you find that it hasn’t been giving you the results you desire, perhaps it’s time to switch and go back to using two separate products; a shampoo plus a conditioner.

Other reasons for the build up
But it’s not only the 2 in 1 shampoos that could cause this buildup.  A shampoo with cheaper ingredients can often leave a film on the surface of the hair and styling products like gel, mousse, hairspray can do the same.  In addition, I read that changes in weather and even water conditions make quite a lot of difference to how your favorite shampoo works.

Or it could even be because you’re not shampooing right as you should be applying the shampoo from your hand and not directly from the bottle onto your scalp so as to minimize the product buildup.

Using a cleansing shampoo
So to answer the question I have posed in my title, it’s not necessary to change your shampoo often if you don’t want to.  But you may wish to rotate with another shampoo.  Or if you find that your favorite shampoo isn’t working the way it used to, consider using baking soda rinse or a clarifying shampoo. 

I recommend Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo which is made for this purpose.  The product is said to instantly remove up to 70% of dulling residue build-up caused by continuous use of even the best shampoos, conditioners and styling products.   It used to be my favorite shampoo because it was so mild and I could use it everyday.


  1. fwy says:

    I am a firm believer for changing shampoo. I alternate a few organic brands for a couple of months & my hair look & feels better.

  2. May says:

    After trying so many types of shampoo, how did you ‘dispose’ them?

    Also, where can I get the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo?

    May: I don’t understand what you mean by “dispose”. For Neutrogena shampoo, you can get them easily at the pharmacies or drug stores.

  3. May says:

    I mean, do you finish all the shampoo you have bought? Or if you find one that is unsuitable, will you just throw it away?

    May: I don’t buy that many shampoos and only buy those that target my problems. Even if they’re not suitable, I’ll try to finish them.

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